Vestiges of a Philosophy Matter, the Meta-Spiritual, and the Forgotten Bergson

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Pub. Date: 2022-11-15
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Vestiges of a Philosophy: Matter, the Meta-Spiritual, and the Forgotten Bergson covers a fascinating yet little known moment in history. At the turn of the twentieth century, Henri Bergson and his sister, Mina Bergson (also known as Moina Mathers), were both living in Paris and working on
seemingly very different but nonetheless complementary and even correlated approaches to questions about the nature of matter, spirit, and their interaction. He was a leading professor within the French academy, soon to become the most renowned philosopher in Europe. She was his estranged sister,
already celebrated in her own right as a feminist and occultist performing on theatre stages around Paris while also leading one of the most important occult societies of that era, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. One was a respectable if controversial intellectual, the other was a notorious
mystic-artist who, together with her husband and fellow-occultist Samuel MacGregor Mathers, have been described as the "neo-pagan power couple" of the Belle Époque.

Neither Henri nor Mina left any record of their feelings and attitudes towards the work of the other, but their views on time, mysticism, spirit, and art converge on many fronts, even as they emerged from very different forms of cultural practice. In Vestiges of a Philosophy, John Ó Maoilearca
examines this convergence of ideas and uses the Bergsons' strange correlation to tackle contemporary themes in new materialist philosophy, as well as the relationship between mysticism and philosophy.

Author Biography

John Ó Maoilearca is an honorary professor at Kingston University, London. He previously lectured in the philosophy departments of the University of Sunderland, England, and the University of Dundee, Scotland. He has published eleven books, including Philosophy and the Moving Image: Refractions of
Reality (2010) and All Thoughts Are Equal: Laruelle and Nonhuman Philosophy (2015). Ó Maoilearca specializes in the areas of Continental Philosophy, film philosophy, metaphysics (especially of time and identity), and metaphilosophy.

Table of Contents

Prologue: A Reciprocity of Acceleration
Strange Memory: An Introduction in Five Parts

1° = 10° Zelator Covariant
One: Ordinary Mysticism, the Hyperbolic, and the Supernormal
Two: Meet the Bergsons
10° = 1° Ipsissimus Covariant (Neophyte)
Three: Hyper-Ritual
Four: "O My Bergson, You Are a Magician"
Five: On Watery Logic, or Magical Thinking
2° = 9° Theoricus Covariant
Six: Of the Survival of Images
Seven: On the Meta-Spiritual
4° = 7° Philosophus Covariant
Eight: Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum: "Leave No Trace"
3° = 8° Practicus Covariant
Nine: Spirit in the Materialist World
Ten: Veridical Hallucinations and Circumstantial Evidence

Epilogue: The Whole of the Moon

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